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September 2016

Pamela Wilson ~ The Intelligence of the Heart

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Pamela Wilson

Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She endears herself to her audiences with her playful and light-hearted humor, combined with compassion and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart, call forth our own inner sage, and create a space in which long-held struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please come and bring your questions!

"Pure balance supported by benevolent, unshakable strength is who we are. We are the medicine humanity needs, calm clarity with an all-seeing gaze. Join us as we un-contain the field of presence within, blessing all that is."




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October 2016

Isaac Shapiro & Meike Schuett ~ Meetings in Truth

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 7pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States

Join us in this special opportunity for series of meetings & daylong gatherings with Isaac & Meike:
Oct. 4th in San Rafael, and then in Berkeley: evening gatherings Oct. 5th, 6th & 7th
and Daylongs Sat & Sun. Oct. 8th & 9th

Isaac & Meike help us inquire into how we live our lives moment by moment, and how to better align ourselves with the deepest spiritual truths. They work through direct but good-humored questioning, reflecting back to us, and helping to unravel, the conditioning of the mind and the nervous system, allowing a deeper participation in the moment.

An invitation to enjoy the sensation of now, which includes everything, the universe, our bodies, time and space, as the beloved.

An invitation to recognize the Truth of your self, who you are and have always been. As you are already This, there is no need for any effort or "getting there", just the simple recognition of That in which everything appears.

As we bring awareness to unconscious habits, there is a shift that occurs. In the course of investigation, people spontaneously recognize the true nature of themselves.

Evening meetings & daylongs:
San Rafael: Thur. Oct. 4th, 7pm

Berkeley Meetings (see our East Bay Events page for details):
Oct. 5th, 6th & 7th at 7 pm
Suggested Donation for evenings: $10-$20

Berkeley Daylongs
Sat. Oct. 8th, 11am - 6pm
Sun. Oct. 9th, 11am - 6pm
Suggested Donation for daylong events: $45-$100 each day

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Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body: A Residential Weekend, Ralston White Retreat

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 4pm to Sunday Oct. 16th @ 6pm
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Co-sponsored by Open Circle Center

Join Ellen in an exploration of the body in the tradition of non-duality and Kashmir Shaivism. This ancient approach is an invitation to experience our body as it truly is: a flow of sensation appearing, unfolding and dissolving within the pure openness of Awareness. Using guided meditation, simple postures and movements, breathing, visualizations and dialogues, we reacquaint ourselves with our body directly, free of concepts or images. In this contemplation resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed for what they are: simple sensations that come and go in Awareness. We come to see and feel that our true identity is pure openness, limitless and permanent. Gently and effortlessly, the body is slowly realigned with this felt understanding. It flows with natural ease and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present joy and relaxation that is its source and substance.

Please bring a yoga mat and/or a cushion.

Costs are: $425 for a single room and $375 for a double room.

A deposit of $200 is required to secure a place with the balance due upon arrival.


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Loch Kelly: The Unfolding After Initial Awakening: Level 2 Retreat

Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ 11am-5pm
Loch Kelly

This retreat is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

"Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. Shift Into Freedom is a shining gem in the modern spiritual landscape."
- Adyashanti from his Foreword to Shift Into Freedom

"Many people have had glimpses of the freedom from separate sense of self or longer periods of resting in pure awareness. Whether this occurred unintentionally or through a particular method or letting go of methods, it can be considered an initial “waking up.” Some consider this transcendent "not-dual" state the goal of awakening and end up in a detached witness, a couch-potato stage, or continually “getting it and losing it.” People who come to Loch often report being stuck in a cul-de-sac of a detached state of pure awareness, not having a map or pointers to the fullness of living from awakening.

Just as there are helpful pointers to "waking up," there are ways to discover the unfolding of “waking-in” to a natural embodied well-being and “waking-out” to be able to create and compassionately relate. It is not enough to simply see through or deconstruct the mini-me. Awakening is a shift of knowing and identity in which we discover a new awareness-based operating system to live from open-hearted awareness. You will learn Loch's awareness inquiries, glimpses, and nondual pointers to help realize our capacity to be boundless and embodied, free and interconnected, joyful and supported, surrendered and empowered, unconditionally loving and naturally welcoming of all parts."

Loch Kelly is a contemporary spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, author and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. After a spontaneous awakening early in his life, he went on to explore how to access, abide in, and live from awake awareness. In the early 1980’s, Loch was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal with teachers from a variety of traditions, including the legendary Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Later, Loch was invited to teach by one of his Tibetan teachers, Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as by Adyashanti. He has also worked extensively with the homeless, with families of 9/11 victims, and as an Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary, and has collaborated with neuroscientists in the study of awareness training. He is known for his warm sense of humor, and his practical, non-dual pointers, which help people shift into the freedom that has always been their true nature. His new book and audio CD, published by Sounds True, Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, has won two “Best Books of the Year Awards” including one from Spirituality & Health Magazine.


There is also a prior Saturday day long event, which has no prerequisite ....
SATURDAY Oct. 15, 11am to 5pm (no prerequisite): $80 - $100 per person
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
For more more details on Oct. 15th click here

LEVEL TWO - SUNDAY Oct. 16th, 11am - 5pm:
$80 - $100 per person

San Francisco Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94949
** LEVEL TWO on Sunday is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

Scholarships available. Send inquiries to host@eastbayopencircle.org

Pre-registration requested.
There will be some space for walk-in & pay at the door.

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Kristin Kirk ~ Integrating Bliss with Life

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Kristin Kirk 2016...heandshot smiling...

How does one transcend and integrate without ‘spiritual bypassing’? Kristin will begin with Tuesday evening’s exploration (in San Rafael) of the bliss of living non-dual truth, and the nature of transcendence, integration and spiritual bypassing. She will deepen this exploration in a full day retreat on Saturday (in Berkeley), ending with a group healing in the afternoon.

Kristin Kirk experienced an initial awakening in 2003 which revealed healing gifts and a refined awareness of the subtle inner workings of consciousness, ultimately leading to the unending revelation/discovery of Self/No Self. This awakening radically transformed her experience of reality and her healing practice. Her authentic heart-centered teaching, acuity and embodied presence spring from direct experience, independent of any spiritual tradition. The enthusiastic response to her 2014 interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump (https://batgap.com/kristin-kirk/) revealed a deep need for an authentic non-traditional approach, as well as for multidimensional healing. Kristin supports and facilitates embodied awakening, Self-realization, integration and multidimensional functioning, through satsang, classes, individual and group healing sessions, meditation retreats, energetic transmission, and awakening journeys.

“Spiritual seekers often desire to live a blissfully awakened and embodied life. However, living the Unknown is the tandem requirement. This means each radiant embodied step fully resides in Absolute not-knowing. We will explore the embodied presence of living the Unknown. To live Divine Embodiment, one must walk the Unknown. To walk the Unknown, one must surrender fully into embodied being and nothing, inseparably. They are synonymous.”




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November 2016

Amoda Maa ~ Meeting the Heart of Reality

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher and author from England. In 2002, after many years of spiritual seeking, meditation and immersion in psycho-spiritual practices, a spontaneous awakening catapulted her out of a dark night of the soul, revealing the luminosity of awakened presence. Without a teacher or instruction manual or any agenda, she opened to an unending falling into the abyss of being. And, in surrendering wholeheartedly to the unfolding unknown-ness and aliveness of this moment, she became a "naked lover of what is". Since that time, all seeking stopped, all methods dropped, and a gentle but unequivocal coming home to rest in unconditioned non-dual awareness has become embodied as a living reality.

Today, Amoda is based in the USA, is a regular speaker at conferences, and offers meetings and retreats to a growing global community. Her background in psychology, her experience for many years as a transformational group facilitator and emotional/spiritual counselor, as well as her personal journey through suffering, have led to an innate wisdom rooted in direct experience and a conviction of clarity. She is the author of How to Find God in Everything (Watkins, 2008), released as a new revised edition Radical Awakening in 2016. Her forthcoming book, Embodied Enlightenment, will be released by New Harbinger in early 2017.

“Awakening hinges on your genuine desire for the discovery of your true nature. If it is to flower in you, you must truly want liberation from everything that is false in you; you must want to give yourself totally to the inquiry into what is true beyond all inherited concepts, ideas and beliefs.

“The purpose of my teaching is to ignite this wanting in you. When the flame of this desire becomes an untamable fire, it flips a switch inside of you, and the direction of your destiny is irrevocably altered. Its like turning on the light only to discover that you are this light. This in itself is extra-ordinary. And yet the living experience of this revelation is very ordinary: you have simply re-discovered the innocent wholeness of your essential nature. This discovery is the end of suffering and the beginning of freedom.

“But awakening is just the beginning. The adventure begins, not in the rarified atmosphere of transcendence, but in the midst of the chaos of life. The invitation is for you to awaken to the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the mystery and mess of human existence.”



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